“I can come back later, Odinson, if thou are too busy yelling to thyself on the moon.”
“Who is Thor? That’s the question on everyone’s lips. Most especially Prince Odinson of Asgard. This issue, he starts to narrow down the list of suspects. Meanwhile, tensions continue to flare between the All-Mother and All-Father, Malekith forges his most dangerous pact yet, and Thor prepares to face her greatest challenge!”
Last time, previous Thor (who I’ll refer to as Odinson from now on) conceded that Thor was worthy of the hammer, in addition to being able to do things that he could NEVER do with it. Odin isn’t happy with this turn of events and is being really scary, going so far as to bring his brother, Cul Borson, into the government of Asgard. He also turned on a sentinal called The Destroyer. I think he might end up being the main villain of this story.
The issue opens with a flashback from CEO/minotaur Dario Agger, who Thor trounced in a previous issue. We learn that his family was murdered by pirates, sparing him, and he prayed all night for “death and power and revenge.” This turned him into a minotaur, and he butchered the pirates, keeping their heads alive and on pikes in some kind of hellish magic; he shows off the heads to Malekith, who questions if Dario was ready to sell his soul to a “very old and angry god.”
Meanwhile, Odinson asks Heimdall how he doesn’t know who Thor is if he can see everything, to which Heimdall replies that because Thor isn’t a threat to Asgard, he doesn’t really care – plus he’s not omniscient, per se. He tells Odinson to not worry about who she is, and concentrate on the immediate threats to Asgard as well as his own worthiness. Odinson then takes out some stress on rock trolls and goes back to the moon as he tries to work out who Thor could be. He also brings up Nick Fury’s whisper to him again, which might be the thing that I’m most curious about.
The art in this issue is particularly gorgeous; my favorite panels are on pages seven and eight, showcasing the rainbow bridge with Asgard twinkling in the background. The scenes in the Hall of Medicine are also beautiful, and on page eighteen, there’s an AMAZING portrait of Thor. The cover art is really cool, with her silhouette filled up with possible identities. Also…Odinson has a sister? They should bring that up in the movies. Speaking of the movies, someone we’ll all recognize shows up in a way that I wasn’t expecting at all, as well as someone who’s very much the same. The issue ends on a hell of a cliffhanger, which I’m beginning to realize is nearly always the case. Can’t wait until next month!